Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy

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100 Hours

Alternative Energy VSS102

Develop an understanding of the alternative energy sources and their uses. Now more relevant than ever, Alternative Energy covers the basics of electricity, how to generate electricity from renewable resouces, how to store energy, non electrical systems, energy consumption and conservation. Learn to understand why alternative and renewable energy is so important and how to go about it.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction: The Problems and the Energy Sources.
    • Scope and Nature
    • Terminology
    • Energy consumption through history
    • Climate Change
    • Energy units
    • Problems with Fossil Fuels
    • Problems with other energy sources ... hydro electricity, nuclear, wind, solar
  2. Understanding Energy
    • Terminology
    • Understanding electricity
    • Conductors and non conductors
    • Measuring electricity ...current, voltage, resistance
    • Ohm's Law
    • Circuits ... Series; parallel
    • Kirchhoffs law
    • Power
    • Power ratings
    • Magnetism
    • Electromagnetism and Solenoids
    • Electric motors
    • Inductors
    • Lenz's law
  3. Generating Electricity
    • Turbines
    • Generators
    • Fuel cells
    • Wind Power
    • Large Scale Wind System Design
    • Small Scale Wind System Design
    • Solar Energy
    • Positioning a solar cell
    • Small Scale Solar
    • Future Developments in Solar
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Dry Steam Power Plants
    • Flash Steam Power Plants
    • Binary Cycle Power Plants
    • Advantages of Geothermal
    • How Geothermal is used
    • Geothermal heat pumps
    • Hydropower
    • Tide and Current Power
    • Tide Barage
    • Tidal Turbines
    • Wave Power
    • Nuclear Energy
    • Fission Reactors
    • Fusion
    • Half Lives and Radioactivity
    • Waste to Energy
  4. Storage and Using Electricity
    • Terminology
    • Cells - simple cell, car battery, gel, AGM, Nickel etc
    • Deep Cycle Battery
    • Lithium Rechargeable Batteries
    • Calculating Battery Requirements
    • Inverters
    • Alternators and Regulators
    • Converters
    • System Types
    • EMR & electricity use
    • Recommended Exposure Limits
    • Safety with Electricity
  5. Non-Electric Systems
    • Scope and nature
    • Passive Solar
    • Fire Wood
    • Drying and storing wood
    • Comparing different wood types
    • Smoke fires
    • Creosote formation in fire flues
    • Environmental aspects of burning wood
    • Biofuels
    • Ethonol
    • Small scale Biomass
    • Passive Solar Energy
    • Solar hot water ... flat plate collectors, evacuated tubes, open or closed circuit, passive or active systems, heat pumps
    • Greenhouses
    • Night insulation
    • Solar Garden Water Features
  6. Energy Consumption
    • Reducing energy consumption
    • Pricing
    • Population growth
    • Large scale reduction of energy consumption - managing green cities, urban sprawl, peak demands, transport, etc.
  7. Energy Conservation
    • How a home owner can reduce energy consumption
    • Temperature control
    • Minimising light energy consumption
    • Minimising appliance energy consumption
    • Insulation
    • Water conservation
    • Solar house design
  8. Converting to Alternative Systems
    • Estimating Energy Needs
    • Building Efficiency
    • System Design
    • System Designers

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe the nature and scope of alternative energy.
  • Describe the nature and application of electricity.
  • Compare different methods of generating electricity
  • Compare different techniques for storage and use of electricity.
  • Describe the application and operation of different non electric energy systems
  • Identify ways to better manage energy consumption.
  • Describe energy conservation techniques.
  • Discuss how to convert a building’s energy supply to an alternative system.

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Course Overview

Renewable Energy as Part of Our Alternative Energy Course

In the face of climate change and increasing environmental challenges, understanding and utilising renewable energy sources is more important than ever. Our comprehensive Alternative Energy course at Learning Cloud delves deep into various alternative energy sources, with a significant focus on renewable energy. This section of the course equips you with the essential knowledge and skills to harness renewable energy effectively, making a substantial contribution to a sustainable future.

Why Study Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy plays a crucial role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and mitigating the impact of climate change. By learning about renewable energy within the broader scope of alternative energy, you gain a holistic understanding of how different energy systems interact and complement each other. This knowledge is invaluable for anyone looking to pursue a career in sustainable energy or improve their existing skill set.

Benefits of Focusing on Renewable Energy

Enhanced Career Opportunities 

By gaining knowledge in renewable energy as part of the alternative energy course, you position yourself as a valuable asset in the growing field of sustainable energy. This training can significantly enhance your career prospects, whether you are starting a new career or advancing in your current role.

Practical and Applicable Skills

Our course emphasises practical, hands-on knowledge that you can directly apply in your career. Assignments and projects provide real-world experience, allowing you to develop a deep understanding of renewable energy technologies and systems.

Contribution to Sustainability 

By focusing on renewable energy, you are not only advancing your career but also contributing to a more sustainable future. The knowledge and skills you acquire will enable you to promote and implement clean energy solutions, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and supporting environmental conservation.

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